In one of the most anticipated first round women’s matches at RG15, Kristina Mladenovic caused another seeded upset as she took out Eugenie Bouchard in straight sets, 6-4 6-4. Mladenovic had been close to the bagel in the second set before Genie mounted a substantial comeback. Originally, I had been very confident that Mladenovic would win although just before the match, I wasn’t so sure! Mladenovic has had some decent results on the clay with a semi-final showing in Marrakech and a final appearance in Strasbourg so the win didn’t come as a huge surprise considering Genie’s recent form. However, Genie has performed so well over the past year at the Slams. This is proving to be a tough year for the Canadian player and although I expect her to rediscover her game at some point, I doubt it will be this year.
Mladenovic takes on Danka Kovinic in what should be a very interesting second round match, which is last up on Chatrier. Kovinic has been performing well since Charleston where she reached the quarter-finals. Since that breakthrough event on the WTA tour, she reached the quarters of WTA Prague and then won an ITF title in Trnava. It wasn’t until Charleston when I got to watch a few of her matches and I was impressed. Her biggest strength appears to be the serve, which is backed up by some very solid groundstrokes. Kovinic also has a great attitude on court and is one of many talented players slowly beginning to make the mark on the circuit. Kovinic won her first Grand Slam main draw match on Tuesday, beating Klara Koukalova in the first round, 6-3 7-6(4).
This will be a first career match-up between the pair. In front of the home crowd and with more experience at this stage of a Grand Slam, i’d give the edge to Mladenovic in three sets.
Prediction: Mladenovic d. Kovinic in 3 sets
WTA French Open R2 Predictions
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Zarina Diyas d. Alison Van Uytvanck in 3 sets